Heading Danny Boy 2 30thNovember
Objectives • To examine the language and theme of the poem. • To be able to write extensively (16+ sentences) about the poem using F.L.I.R.T.
Danny Boy – A Ballad poem Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling.From glen to glen and down the mountain side.The summer's gone, and all the roses falling.It's you, It's you, must go, and I must bide.But come ye back when summer's in the meadow.Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow.I'll be here in Sunshine or in ShadowOh Danny Boy, Oh Danny Boy, I love you so.But if you come, and all the flowers are dying,And I am dead, as dead I well may be.You'll come and find the place where I am lying.And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.And I will know, tho' soft ye tread above meAnd then my grave will richer, sweeter be.And you'll bend down and tell me that you love meAnd I will rest in peace until you come to me.
Language • We want to characterise the language of this poem. We want to be able to say that the language is very .......... • What types of words might help us do this? • Do these help – Danny / mountain / pipes? • Do these help – I well may / it’s you / there for me? • What about these – The summers gone / I love you / roses falling / rest in peace? Why?
Can we agree then? • General rule of language: focus on the verbs. • If words rhyme, use alliteration or are repeated, we shall examine them in detail too.
Language – 3 categories Note down every verb in the poem and put it into one of three groups – sad, happy and unsure (Write down the subject and the verb like below). There are under 20 verbs, some which repeat and some of which are ‘to be’ Sad Happy Unsure • The summer's gone • flowers are dying • I love you • say an "Ave“ (for me) • The pipes are calling • Soft ye thread (or thread above me)
Theme / Tone • Theme is the last part of F.L.I.R.T., not just because the letter suits us but because everything which has come before helps us talk about the theme. • Form – the story of Danny • Language – the verbs, the things they do. • Images – the nouns, the things we see. • Rhyme and rhythm – the links, the things to focus on, the basis for comparison and discovery.
Theme / Tone • Poems usually have a dozen or so themes. This poem’s include love, death, war, and nature. • People could be more specific by also saying: lost love, relationships, grieving, religion, etc. • For the Junior Cert – we focus on the most powerful, obvious ones first.
Theme / Tone - Love and Death • The theme of the poem is.... • Use a piece of evidence from each F.L.I.R. section. Using P.E.E. – you’re answer should be 16 + sentences each. • Form – the story of Danny. • Language – the verbs, both happy and sad. • Images – the things we see. • Rhyme and rhythm – the links – what words rhyme and compare.
Next week – complete the two themes and this. • We are doing a poem about bullying. • Everyone complete the following sentences with a single line: • I think.................................... • I know..................................... • I don’t know................................. • I want to know................................